Professional Working Environment
By Priyanshi Singh
A professional work environment is one that results in a workplace full of highly competent, respectful, mature, and accountable employees working towards a common goal. It’s the kind of workplace that any employee would feel proud to take their children.
Professional employees don’t swear, gossip, bully, lie, cheat, steal, lose their tempers – they leave the drama at home and dress appropriately. In other words, they look, act, and sound like professionals.
Employees thrive in professional working environments where they feel respected and treated fairly at all times. Few of us enjoy working in environments where every day feels like a day at the circus.
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Just because you want a positive work environment does not mean it can’t be professional as well. Enforcing a few set rules can help set the tone at work so your employees can be at their most productive.
Enforce a Business Dress Code
Everyone loves casual Fridays or jean days in the office. However, if you want your employees to act professional, they should look the part during working hours.
The mantra “dress for success” isn’t just some silly phrase—when you’re dressed better, you feel more confident and ready to take on the day. Wearing business-casual attire or something nicer shows that you take your job seriously and you’re ready to meet with any potential clients or upper management that could be in the building that day.
Separate the Break Area from the Work Area
Breaks are a normal aspect of the work day—there is no way your employees are going to work eight hours straight for five days a week. You should let your employees take 10- to 15-minute breaks as needed.
However, you should remind your employees that if they want to take a break, it should be in an area away from where everyone else is working. Having a small break room or allowing employees to go outside can serve many functions—the employee can get away from work for a little bit and the rest of your employees won’t get distracted by the person who isn’t working
Set Team Goals
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve spent the day doing nothing, especially if you’re in the office. Having set goals gives your employees something to strive for each day. Planning objectives for the day or the week will give them something to work for, rather than sitting around waiting to be told to complete something.
Not only will setting goals keep your employees busy, it will also force them to keep a professional attitude during the day. Instead of goofing off because there’s nothing to do, they can complete work and be more valuable to the company.
While you and your employees should not be discussing personal information—such as salary, relationships and anything else that could be deemed inappropriate – you should still encourage your employees to communicate if there are problems or if they have questions about something. Addressing issues is all part of being a professional adult, and it’s up to management to explain how to do that.
Have a Positive and Professional Attitude
At the end of the day, you are the one who can set the tone at the office. If you can show your employees how to be both positive and professional, they can follow suit. Encourage your employees and let them know when they’ve done a good job, but don’t be afraid to sit them down if there are things that need to be improved. It only takes one person to make a difference.
Host company events to foster engagement.
Hosting company-wide events can foster employee engagement. The more employees socialize, the more they build relationships with each other and their managers. Attending company events can help employees feel like they’re a part of a work culture that values more than completing assignments on time. It can give them a sense of belonging along with opportunities to express their personalities.
The morale boost that often follows these engaging events can give employees more positivity to carry with them each day at work. You could plan a workplace lunch, a scavenger hunt, a day at the fair or an hour at an escape room.
A positive work environment can keep employees present, motivated and happy about their jobs. As you work to improve your workplace environment, stay consistent with the practices you’re implementing. Your employees will likely notice the difference and appreciate the changes – and so will you.
Priyanshi Singh [MBA]
AirCrews Aviation Pvt. Ltd.